Acre was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and for the past twenty years has served as an “open school” in the field of conservation.
In order to halt the trend of deterioration and destruction of Israel’s heritage assets and preserve them for future generations, the Israel Antiquities Authority recognized the need to establish a Center that will provide an appropriate response for conservation in Israel by training future conservators and setting up conservation laboratories.
An impressive and unique building dating to the Ottoman period (which was constructed on ancient foundations) was allocated for use by the International Conservation Center Città di Roma; the building has undergone conservation in the past and further such measures will be implemented by the center’s professional conservators and students.
The Center will enjoy the cooperation of different Israeli Universities which teach conservation and of Universities in Italy and abroad which are particularly experienced in this field.
In addition, the founders of the International Conservation Center Città di Roma have set a goal to train residents of Acre as professional conservators. Residents of the city are also able to participate in all of the international courses through a system of special grants from various sources.
The future plans include: construction of a professional laboratory in the International Conservation Center Città di Roma where conservation materials can be studied, through the support and use of Italian knowledge and expertise.